[vcf-midatlantic] The good old days of user groups.

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 20:45:08 EDT 2020


Seconded on the TRS-80 Discord. Very high signal to noise ratio, invite
only helps that greatly.

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 6:23 PM Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 24 Aug 2020, Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
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> >>  As someone who did grow up with them, I can tell you that this is
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> >>  absolutely the case.  The Internet is presented to people as a "you can
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> >>  GET this, you can GET that!"  "Get get get!"  ...not "participate", not
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> > Oh no way. There were leaches on BBSes too. Heck, they had their own
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> > protocol! LeachZModem. It would complete the entire transfer to disk
> then
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> > tell the remote side that the xfer wasn't successful, back up... back
> up...
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> > back up... abort. So user wouldn't get dinged for the download.
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>     I never heard of LeachZModem. On the Unix BBS I ran through the '90s,
> I
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> enforced a file upload/download ratio. Leeches soon found themselves
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> (automatically) unable to download until they uploaded something relevant.
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> Users with favorable ratios got more daily online minutes.
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> > A big problem with the stand alone forums is the spam bots and stuff.
> But
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> > many of them are still successful, although traffic is declining. I
> ain't
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> > gonna lie...
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>     There are some newer platforms such as Discord, which are promoting
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> real-time conversations. I belong to a TRS-80 Discord which has some of
> the
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> most technically knowledgeable TRS-80 users around. Some of them even used
> to
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> work for Tandy. The support and advance of the technology there is
> incredible.
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> The ClassicCmp Discord is another good one, with many technical users and
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> varied interests. Discord supports image and file uploads, as well.
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> Mike Loewen                             mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
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> Old Technology                          http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/
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